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Linden Paige is Six!

September 3, 2014

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This post is you know, a few months tardy….

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Miss LP turned 6 years old on June 20. In true Linden fashion, she was a little nostalgic towards being 5 years old and told us that she knew she was about to be too big for some of her favorite clothes and some toys and activities. The annual “I’m not ready to be the next age” ritual started when she was about to turn 3 years old, and on the eve of her birthday she fell asleep crying in the hallway that she did not want to be free. Bless.

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Linden kicked off her birthday day with a special breakfast out with Nana to her choice of Starbucks, for some kids hot chocolate and mini-vanilla bean scones.

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We then picked up her choice of pool-side lunch and headed to the Southridge outdoor pool and inside kids water park. She and her brothers enjoyed 3 hours of fun in the sun, including a small puking from chocking-on-pool-water-mishap by Shep that cleared out the pool for some cleaning. This public puking incident tops only that of LP in Target when she was 18 months old that resulted in buying new clothes on the spot. I always say that nothing has caused me to be a quick thinker on my feet and improvise in the moment than motherhood, can I get a witness?!

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While the brothers napped, LP and I got busy setting up for her tie-dye party with her little girlfriends from school. They all tie-dyed their own t-shirts and then got their hair done with some tie-dyed headbands I made for them. In case you have never spent much time with 8, six-year-old girls, they are a hoot. And they also are at an age where they can do fun things like tie-dye t-shirts with limited supervision, we had a blast!

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After making their shirts the girls ate. And ate. And danced. And ate.

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At 6-years-old, here are a few of Linden’s favorite things:

  • Building and making things…any material will do, Legos, cardboard, old bags
  • Barbies
  • Singing, playing the guitar and making up her own songs
  • Mints and gum
  • Riding her scooter
  • Math
  • Playing with friends
  • Crafting
  • Alone, down-time after a lot of social interaction
  • Swimming
  • Her diary
  • Rainbow Loom

Some of my favorite Linden-isms:

  • Mom, I really need to come up with a new topic for my room (i.e. theme, decor)
  • Sin Soopers is the best grocery store (King Soopers)
  • I love bal-a-lay (ballet)
  • The use of many superlatives to get her point across, i.e. lots, fabulous, awesome, sooooo, million-billion
  • I need to spoke this in your ear (tell you a secret)

 

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Love our girl and the young lady she is growing up to be. Her heart and awareness for others shows maturity beyond being 6-years-old, and her natural bent to think outside of the box and do her own thing are some of our very favorite things about her! It is a gift to watch her develop in to her own person and figure out her place in the world little by little, and I cannot wait to see how the Lord will lead her and use her gift of influence to share His love with others. Happy Birthday Linden Paige!

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#getyourgreyon … Fort Worth 2014 Road trip

July 21, 2014

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We just got back from a week-long family road trip to Fort Worth to see my family, visit friends and celebrate my step-sister, Lauren’s marriage to William.

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We had never traveled 13 hours in a car with our trio before and even though they are good travelers, I was unsure about how a trip this long would be for everyone. We were so proud of everyone, there was {mostly} peace in the car {thank you DVD player, iPod, Thomas trains and annoying Elmo piano book} and we found fun and adventure along the road… first stop was Pampa, Texas… Just past Amarillo, population 17,000, Pampa has a very clean and fun little water park that, as Linden put it, “this is almost better than the Bahamas!” And several times LP could be found in a lounge chair telling us “this is the life!” And at $20 for admission for our entire family, we couldn’t agree more.

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The random metal music note display behind our hotel in Pampa.

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Frog Fountain

After our adventures in Pampa we headed on to Fort Worth and made our first stop at TCU and spent several hours {in the ridiclous heat} walking around campus and outfitting everyone with some updated Horned Frog gear. I thought the TCU campus was beautiful when I was a student almost 10 years ago, but now it is really an amazing campus with expanded campus housing, updated athletic facilities and new academic halls. I don’t know how you could visit this campus and not be impressed, I would choose it all over again. I felt such a strong sense of gratitude and thankfulness for my 4 years there, the ways that I got to see God move in the lives of others and how I experience His transformation in my own life during those years.

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Best thing I got at TCU was this awesome guy! Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would get married right out of college and some day bring my {3!} children back to campus with us to visit…

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Joining the new{er} Superfrog statue on the bench outside of the new student center.

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Another highlight of the trip was getting to see Anthony, Allison and Eleanor again! Seeing them two months back-to-back was an extra special blessing and little encouragment from the Lord. Here are some of the sweet looking and tasting cookie goodness that Allison had waiting for us when we arrived to hang out before heading off to the rehersal dinner. They were a-m-a-z-i-n-g…

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Playing kitchen at Eleanor’s house. Anthony & Allison were awesome and baby-sat Hudson for us the night of the rehersal dinner where he got to enjoy some pizza and playtime with Miss E!

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Checking out the view of downtown Fort Worth from the window walk-way at the Worthington Hotel before the rehersal dinner got underway.

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Bass Hall at night. One of the biggest things {aside from people}  that I {dare I even say *we*} miss about Fort Worth are the arts in the city. From the Modern Art Museum, Kimball, Bass Hall, Fort Worth is home to some great cultural gems that we have yet to experience again at the same level quality in any of the other cities we have lived in. Denver may have mountains, but the arts here just are not as rich.

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The morning of the wedding, William’s sweet aunts hosted a brunch for close friends and family at Joe T. Garcia’s, always a favorite.

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Swimming with Paw-Paw

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Brother and sister love on the wedding day. Linden Paige and Shepherd were bell ringers during the ceremony…about 12 littles walked in carrying decorative bells with ribbons and lace hanging from them as a pre-processional to Lauren walking down the asile, it was precious!

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With my Grandpa and his sweet wife, Martha

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Shepherd with Paw-Paw at the wedding reception.

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William and Lauren Grey

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At the lovely reception

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Lauren’s planning was impeccable. I loved the community wedding party table in the middle of the room.

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Sweet girl, sweet treats.

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Lauren had milk and cookies at the reception for the littest guests. Hudson was serious about his.

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All they say about Texas is true.

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Linden Paige and Shepherd in the Stockyards

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A real cowboy.

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Linden was so excited to get on the longhorn. A sweet and adventerous spirit is in this girl!

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Daily cattle drive.

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Croquet with Grandma Shell

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The next morning we woke up early, loaded the team and headed West for home. We made it back to Denver in right at 13 hours. Shepherd was the first one to ask “are we there yet?” when we were in Castle Rock, about 20 min. from our house. Not shabby, not shabby at all.

Thankful for another fun summer adventure and being able to celebrate William and Lauren’s special day with them! Full hearts, glad to be home with far less humidity, heat and mosquitos…until later ya’ll.

Summer Adventures with a few of our favorites!

July 1, 2014

 

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Life-long friends are true treasures and we were so happy to have the K’s with us to visit Colorado a few weeks ago!

 

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Anthony and Allison’s little girl, Eleanor, is just about 6 weeks younger than Hudson and we were so excited to finally get to meet her! LP enjoyed getting to have a little sister friend while they were here and both boys adopted her in to the family right away. We may or may not have an arranged marriage in the works for E and H…

 

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Before heading up to Vail for a long weekend, we stopped Denver’s new infamous Voodoo Doughnut’s to see what deliciousness comes in the pink box… it did not disappoint!

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It was not easy to choose from all of the delectable selections on display. Some choices were made to avoid saying the names of certain doughnuts, ha!

 

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Like a kid in a candy…er…doghnut shop

 

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apparently sometimes the doughnut that Allison chose can be made even bigger than this…I think she ate off of this all 4 days.

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A sweet little bubble gum doughnut for this girl

 

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Hudson went with one of the most popular Voodoo doughnut selections… Captain Oh, My Captain… it was bigger than his face, but he ate it all.

 

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Shep’s Marshall Mather’s (M & M) selection

 

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After fully gorging on doughnuts, we headed on up to Vail for a nice hike. Miss E was the perfect  traveler all weekend and took her first Colorado hike like a native baby. The hand in the pocket…could she be any cuter?!

 

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Team E & Team K ready for the steep trail.

 

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I love to ski the mountains in the winter, but I love the summer views even more. Booth Creek Trail did not disappoint in the scenery department.

 

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Hiking mamas.

 

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About 1 mile in, I had my doubts about LP & Shep being able to hike the full 6 miles round trip all on foot along the steep path, but they did great. E and H even hiked some on their own.

 

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Hum… almost a group selfie… Shep behind Ryan’s head and LP cut off below H…we tried…

 

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We  stayed at the Vail Racquet Club and the grounds were so lovely! There was a fast-moving stream that ran behind the property, lush vegetation and a nice pool and tennis courts. I think if we had stayed one more day up there we probably would have done a few activities on the resort.

 

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The K’s behind Vail Racquet Club

 

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L, H, S and E pancakes one morning. RC didn’t make any A and K pancakes though…

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We headed further West from Vail one day to Glenwood Springs, our family’s annual CO-Vacay spot and enjoyed an entire day at the natural Hot Springs pool. The weather was a little chilly that day, so being in the nice warm hot springs felt really good. The kids did fantastic again and had so much fun. And so did the adults.

 

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Anthony enjoying his mountain beach experience.

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Our crew on at the resort playground

 

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Vail

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Our pre-trip planning did not turn up this cupcake shop, but we were able to find Mountain Cupcakes in Vail Village.

 

 

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RC and I tried our first macaroons. They were delish!

 

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Our cookie monster

 

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Shep really liked his lime macaroon and held it close

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And  when the time came to send the K’s off to the airport to go home to Texas, a few tears were shed…such a wonderful and relaxing time with dear friends and a great way to start the Summer!

 Full hearts, so grateful…

The first ride

June 29, 2014

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Intentional Parenting

June 17, 2014

 

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It is not how much you do, but how much love you put into the doing that matters. – Mother Theresa

 

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With our wonderful summer days floating along and having all 3 of my babies home all day I have been thinking and praying about being intentional with each of our kids. There seems to be a natural ebb and flow of small growth stages and changes and I feel like each kid has entered in to a new phase recently, filled with new interests, developmental abilities and needs from RC and I.

Even when LP was small, pre-brothers, I distinctly remember feeling these 6-month demarcations of time and with each change I would notice the {sometimes} subtle and {sometimes} not-so subtleties of growth and change. And with that, growth and change that needed to come from me as a parent. Some stages have brought rude and un-pleasant awakenings … figuring out how to keep a 15 month old from catapulting herself out of bed and visiting us 6x a night…potty training…teething…bad dreams…entering the age that beckons discipline and discipleship…  Other times of the growth and change in our kids bring welcomed and sweet surprises… verbal communication abilities that allow you to converse with your child {amazing!}… all the sweet shared moments from physical growth, seeing your child learn to read…hearing your child call your name for the first time…praying with your chid to receive Jesus in their heart…these sweet and special moments that are treasurers for ever!

 

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As our crew of 3 all seem to be transitioning to new stages I can sometimes feel overwhelmed as a Mom, especially desiring  to be intentional and make our days matter. Some days creating space and opportunity to slow down and invest in each child comes naturally and plenty of others I fight an internal battle to hit pause on the rapid fire of every-day responsibilities. I am very easily set in motion every morning with the demands of our schedule and meeting immediate needs that everyone has – help using the restroom, diapering, getting dressed and fed, and solving the great mystery of where everyone’s shoes have disappeared to. It is easy to mutter many un-engaged “un-huh’s”, “oh is that right?” and “cool” responses and have no idea what I have affirmed…until LP points out that I told her she could eat chocolate before breakfast…whhhaat?  

 

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Thankfully there is much grace. Because, really, what human being can be fully engaged for the 500th time of anything?

When I think about being an intentional parent, I am mostly thinking about the legacy that I will leave for my kids. One of our pastor’s at church shared about living and leaving a legacy. The message really resonated with me as I have been mulling through what matters in the way we invest in our kids on this fun, crazy and unpredictable parenting ride… some thoughts via Pastor Bryan’s message…

 

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* Speak with Integrity…tell the truth, keep your word and practice what you say you believe  

Respected people do not tell lies – Proverbs 17:7

People who promise things that they never give are like clouds in a wind with no rain – Proverbs 25:14

I will try to walk a blameless path but how I need your help especially in my own home where I long to act as I should – Psalm 101:2

*Serve with Intensity … Jesus lived a servant life and so should we as we seek to follow Him

You will earn the trust and respect of others if you work for good. – Proverbs 14:22

Whatever you do work at it with all your heart. As working for the Lord and not for man. – Colossians 3:23

*Truth will last and people will last – Give generously

Godly people give generously. Their good deeds will never be forgotten. -2 Corinthians 9:9

*Stop saying later, especially to our children, work and serve as unto the Lord and model a servant heart.

Whenever you are able do good to people who need help. Don’t say come back later. I’ll give it to you tomorrow. Proverbs 3:27

* Succeed with humility

Arrogance will bring your down fall – Proverbs 29:23

*We often take ourselves too seriously and we don’t take God seriously enough. Model taking God seriously.

* The greatest legacy of all is helping someone to know Christ.

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Being able to share the legacy of faith with our own children that has been given to us is a great honor and responsibility. May we steward it well and have fun and joy in the journey! 

Peace out Kindergarten!

June 3, 2014

 

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Last week wrapped up LP’s first year of elementary school, and just like that, we now have a 1st Grader in our house. The days can be long, but the years are no doubt short.

 

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I had quite a few hopes and aspirations for Linden’s first year of real school and as we drove away from her school after their Kindergarten program, I was filled with so much gratitude and thankfulness for the wonderful year at school she had. From an entergetic, passionate teacher who shared her love for learning with her class, to really sweet classmates who became friends throughout the year, opportunities to learn invaluable life lessons and endless new academic skills that were acquired this year, including a love for reading and math… it was a really wonderful school year.

 

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As a parent I also appreciated the many ways that we were invited to be involved in the classroom directly and at home to extend the teaching and learning being done at school. I so enjoyed getting to volunteer twice a month for their ILA (Independent Learning Activity) times, the highlights for me included one of LP’s classmates showing me how to properly record a video on the iPad Mini and my group being kicked out of the library for being too loud! Quiet, dull people never make history, right…

 

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The 3 kindergarten classes put on a very sweet little program with the theme “Our Big Dreams” – they sang a few songs and we watched a video where each kiddo shared what they wanted to be when they grow up.

 

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Some of my favorites from the video included a little boy’s dream to be a nail technician; a little girl wanting to be a Mermaid; our friend’s kiddo wanted to be a Mommy so she can boss everyone around… it was hilarious and adorable.

 

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Popsicles to celebrate on the playground!

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LP’s teacher’s fiance is a professional photographer and put togethre the book of big dreams for the school’s kindergarteners.

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Shepherd Scott turns 3

March 26, 2014

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On February 2, Shep turned the big 0-3. And you know what? It seemed like it was time! I tend to ask where the time went and how could one of the kids possibly be having another birthday, but this year it just seemed like it was time for Shep to turn 3.

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We celebrated with a Thomas the Train, Olmstead Castle party-this is the name of the castle in the latest Thomas movie, King of the Railway. To say that Shep loves trains and Thomas would be the understaement of the century. Our boy is obsessed. Some days we put away the trains so he will play with something else. His story lines that he enacts while playing trains are so impressively creative and comedic. I do love watching him play trains.

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At the beginning of the party, Shep recieved an envelope with a very important message from Sir Topham Hat, the railway master from Thomas. Sir Topham Hat’s letter to Shepherd and his friends detailed 3 very important jobs for Shep and his friends to do. The first of which was to help King Godred fix his crown.

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Next, the kids had to place a crown on Thomas.

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And lastly, the Troublesome Trucks were biffing and bashing on the tracks and the kids played a version of Hot Potato to Thomas the Train music to see who would help stop the trucks from causing confusion and dealy. After the last little activity, the letter sent the kids to the Refueling Station in the kitchen for pizza and cake/ice cream.

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This was one of my favorite kid parties we have done, all of Shep’s buddies had so much fun and the kiddos were all so well behaved.

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RC constructed Shep’s castle cake and I helped frost it. It wasn’t beautiful, in fact we joked that it belonged on the site Cake Wrecks, but Shepherd loved it and it tasted awesome.

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Shepherd is growing in to a really loveable, kind and funny little boy. I have said it before, but truly, to know Shepherd is to love him. Kind-hearted, easy-going, always ready with a smile and to make you smile, we are so proud of him.

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Shepherd’s buddy, Sarah, the only girl (other than his sister) that he wanted at his party.

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